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Author Archives: Natalie Bennett

Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Book Review: ‘Albania’s Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans’ by Marcus Tanner


A fascinating woman leads us through a now almost forgotten world at the dangerous meeting point of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Read More »

Theatre Review (London): ‘The Kilburn Passion’ at the Tricycle, Kilburn


No spoilers, but this truly is a passion play: it could be too neat, but somehow this blending of medieval and modern works. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World’ by Michael Scott


Blending ancient stories and modern discoveries; readable but scholarly. Read More »

Book Review: Oxygen: ‘A Four Billion Year History’ by Donald E Canfield


For the basically scientifically literate or the truly curious, this is a fascinating, sophisticated account. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Panaceia’s Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany’ by Alisha Rankin


These women enjoyed considerable respect, from patients and professionally trained physicians. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Food Industries of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’ edited by Derek J. Oddy and Alain Drouard


From Oyster Ketchup to Roquefort, fish fingers to chicken nuggets, via chocolate and olive oil. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution’ by Claire Langhammer


From emotional blackmail to Fifties 'hook-ups', there's little that's new. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century’ by Christian Caryl


Historical change tends to happen in big leaps, rather than by gradual evolution. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Streets’ by Anthony Quinn


If you've any interest in Victorian London, you'll enjoy The Streets. Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Prickly Affair: My Life with Hedgehogs’ by Hugh Warwick


How does a hedgehog give birth, given that the babies are born already with spines? The kind of question that mightn't regularly pop into your head, but certain one that sticks there... Read More »